How to Preach at a Funeral for
Someone You Suspect Died Unsaved
By Mike Smalley
1. Start in the natural
realm and swing to the spiritual.
2. Say something positive
about the person who has died—either personally,
or their marriage, kids, work ethic, their generation,
etc. This should build rapport with the audience. Use
a humorous story that relates to the above.
3. Don’t feel pressured
to mention where the deceased may have gone after death
(God is the only One who truly knows).
4. Never insinuate that
he went to heaven.
5. Use this as a springboard:
"Good friends often remind us of things that we
don’t want to deal with, but that are very important.
Bob, today, reminds us that we all must die."
6. Use anecdotes that convey
7. Go quickly but thoroughly
through each of the Ten Commandments.
8. Warn briefly about sin,
death, judgment, and eternity.
9. Give a clear gospel presentation.
10. Appeal to the audience
to repent today. "When anyone dies, I ask myself,
‘Was I faithful?’ Did I speak all the truth?
And did I speak it from my very soul every time I preached?"-Charles